Kobe Bryant's status for the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener is in question after the star has been forced to sit out practices with a strained right foot.
Bryant missed Sunday's practice and is listed as day-to-day by the Lakers. He suffered the injury late in the third quarter of Los Angeles' last preseason game against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 21.
While Bryant has played through injuries in the past, teammate Pau Gasol is wary of the guard's chances to get on the floor on Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, from the Daily News:
"I have my doubts," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "He hasn't been able to practice for six days. He's been off that foot for six days. It's no joke. I don't remember the last time he took that many days off of exercising. It's concerning."
Earlier in training camp, Bryant missed practices with discomfort in the same foot, but in a different location. The recent injury, however, is considered much more painful, according to ESPN Los Angeles. Coach Mike Brown remains optimistic, saying that Bryant is "making progress."
At 34 years of age, Bryant is entering his 17th season in the NBA.